Imagine yourself walking through the forests of New England or listening to the chirps of the birds of paradise, or even better, hearing the roars of dinosaurs from days of old. From the smallest invertebrate to the greatest mammal, from the most beautiful mineral to the least attractive lava rock, everything can be seen on the displays exhibited in the Harvard Museum of Natural History (26 Oxford St., Cambridge MA). Everyday, more than 12,000 of the 21 million specimens are on display to impress museum-goers, both young and old.
Step into the Glass Flowers exhibit, which showcases approximately 3,000 beautiful and highly-accurate flame-worked glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Stroll through the Earth and Planetary Science Gallery, touch and feel meteorites from outer space and be dazzled by the beauty of the colors of the rocks, including the 1,600-pound amethyst geode. Lastly, the Great Mammal Hall has been proven to be a favorite among families as it exhibits a life-sized giraffe as well as three whale skeletons hung from the ceiling. It is a definite delight among parents and children alike!
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is recommended to spend approximately 1-2 hours in the museum since there are a range of galleries to be seen. Don’t forget to give this little gem a visit next time you are in Boston area!